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Eyeballing Acer’s ConceptD Monitors, Pro-Grade Panels for Creators

The digital-content-creator market has a major new monitor player: Acer puts down a stake with its new line of ConceptD displays. We take a close look at one.
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Eyeballing Acer's ConceptD Monitors, Pro-Grade Panels for Creators

For years, creative pros who did most of their work in the digital space were limited to a few select companies that could provide the color accuracy, performance, and value that they needed in their daily-driver displays.

It’s time to expand “select” by one. Acer has thrown its hat (and monitor hood) into the ring with ConceptD, a line of laptops and monitors aimed squarely at 3D modelers, animators, videographers, editors, and anyone else who creates digital media for a living from their computers. The common theme among all these professions? The need for absolute color accuracy, to levels that are nearly indiscernible to the untrained human eye.

  • The ConceptD CP7271K Elevates the Creator Display

    Acer has taken a splash into the creative-professional monitor market with its line of ConceptD displays, aiming to change the way that 3D animators, designers, videographers, and others work with their digital devices every day.

    Featuring color accuracy, gaming performance, and design elegance all in one, ConceptD monitors are going to change the way that creators and gamers look at Acer in the very near future. The best part? At least in the panel I looked at, the CP7271K, expect to get two monitors for the price of one, at $ 1,999 for this 27-inch model: a tip-top panel for 3D graphics work, as well as a great one for play.

  • Gamers? Creators? Come on Down

    The ConceptD CP7271K I looked at here blurs the line between monitors made for gamers and monitors made for creators. It has a 27-inch, 4K, 144Hz adaptive-sync panel that also features Delta E <1 color accuracy and Pantone validation. It covers 99 percent of the AdobeRGB color space and 93 percent of the DCI-P3 color space at a DisplayHDR 1000 peak of 1,000 nits.

    This makes it a must-have for those who need an designer’s display during the day but still want something that can keep up with them while they’re gaming in fast-moving, competitive matches at night. (Acer points out that it supports the GeForce Ultimate level of adaptive sync.)

  • I Wood Have Liked It

    Here’s something new. Rather than the standard plastic or metal bases that we’ve become so accustomed to over the years, Acer is headed in a brand-new direction with a wooden stand base. It comes burnt-in with the new brand’s ConceptD logo right on the front.
  • A Wolf in a Bigger Wolf’s Clothing

    At first glance, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking you were looking at the back of one of Acer’s Predator monitors when passing by a ConceptD display.

    The line borrows many of the best parts that we love in Predator monitors and elevates them to new heights (literally, if you count the vertical reach of the brushed-metal stand).

  • Oh Joy for Joysticks

    As anyone who’s tried to change the brightness on some monitors can tell you: The only way to go these days is with a joystick. Invisible buttons on the back are wack.

    Joysticks take a huge amount of hassle out of getting your monitor tuned just right, and for creators who will be constantly shifting picture settings throughout the day (depending on the job), having a quick way to navigate through OSD menus is not just a luxury…it’s a necessity.

  • Plenty of Ports

    The CP7271K doesn’t go overboard with its inputs, featuring just one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4, but four USB 3.0 ports will guarantee that any devices, digital pencils, music players, or Wacom sketch tablets that need a charge port or an input close by won’t be left wanting.
  • Swivel Away

    Because this is a creator’s monitor, the CP7271K can shift and swivel to almost any angle you need to view your content at. The stand itself allows for full 360-degree motion (as long as your cables don’t get tangled up in the process of spinning it upside down), while the vertical tilt will range from -5 degrees up to 20 degrees down.

    Acer expects these panels to launch in July in the US. The company will also push a broadly different $ 2,999 32-inch CM7321K with mini-LED backlighting and some variances in the core specs. (Although it was announced at the same time as the model profiled here, I didn’t get the opportunity to lay eyes on that one.) I can’t wait for the opportunity to get eyes on this 27-incher again, though, and run it through our bench-test regimen.

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